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More options for patients to communicate to family doctors as secure-email project expands

Patients looking for more flexibility in how they connect with their family doctor have another tool at their disposal as the Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network is rolling out a network-wide secure email program for its member physicians. Privacy legislation protects confidential health information. As conventional email doesn’t meet regulations, patients, doctors and clinic staff are left to rely on phone calls and snail mail. With support from Alberta Innovates and its ImplementAB.di…
 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Workshop

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month which recognizes the 13 - 20% of Canadians (approximately 5 - 7.5 million individuals) who are living with IBS. To meet a need identified within the PCN's patient population, we have expanded the virtual workshops to now include a session focused on managing irritable bowel syndrome. This free two-hour long session, which starts in May, will focus on: Understanding personal and common triggers The brain-gut connection How IBS is diagn…
 

Answering your COVID-19 vaccine questions

With the COVID-19 vaccination programs underway in Alberta, it’s important to stay informed and ask questions. There is a lot of communication out there about the COVID-19 vaccines – some good and some bad. It’s critical to have the correct information about the vaccines so you can make an informed choice when it comes to getting vaccinated. Here are fact-based answers to some of the questions being circulated about the COVID-19 vaccines: Question: Does the COVID vaccine causes infe…

Cochrane Primary Care Centre to close

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network has made the difficult decision to close its Cochrane Primary Care Centre. The changing environment, including the pandemic, resulted in the PCN having to make the decision to close this medical clinic within the next nine months. “This is not a decision we wanted to have to make,” says Calgary Foothills PCN Executive Director Darren Caines. “The financial impact of the pandemic combined with the departure of physicians meant the business model…
 

March is nutrition month

Nutrition Month is a good time to remember eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. The COVID-19 pandemic had made good nutrition more challenging to many because of reduced income or changes in routines due to physical distancing. Here are some resources to help: Top tips for eating healthy during the COVID pandemic Buying groceries on a budget Making food last longer by using leftovers Top five tips for planning your meals Calgary Foothills PC…
 

Simple changes for a healthier 2021

After a difficult year, making positive changes in 2021 may feel overwhelming. But if improving your health and wellness is on your mind, consider some smaller steps to start down the path to a healthier lifestyle this year. Increase your activity Many of us have often thought about adding ‘being more active’ to our New Year’s resolutions list. It may sound easy enough, but we can struggle to achieve it. Here are some tips that can make your resolution more sustainable. Start Sma…

Safely delivering during COVID-19

The safety of our patients is of utmost importance to Riley Park Maternity Clinic and all of Calgary Foothills PCN. Our maternity patients deliver at Foothills Medical Centre (hospital). Some patients have asked questions about delivering their babies at the hospital as they have heard there are units with COVID-19 outbreaks. Physicians and staff at Riley Park Maternity Clinic are taking every precaution to ensure your safety both at the clinic and the hospital. We have been very proactiv…
 

Help for anxiety

For many people, 2020 hasn’t been an easy year and for some, the result has been a rise in anxiety. The PCN is here to help. We have a variety of free resources including two new virtual workshops: Anxiety 101 Anxiety 101 is a free, two-hour workshop facilitated by a mental health professional that will help adults understand their experience of anxiety and teach participants some basic skills to help manage it. Topics include: What is anxiety? What does it feel like? What mak…

Virtual workshops here to support your health

Calgary Foothills PCN is offering virtual versions of its free workshops to support your health needs. Anxiety 101 is a two-hour virtual workshop that covers the basics of what anxiety is, tools to help and things to avoid. Anxiety to Calm is an eight-week workshop that takes an in-depth look at anxiety including what makes it better and what makes it worse. Ask a Dietitian -- Diabetes or pre-diabetes focuses on patients with impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance…
 

COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop

The PCN's COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop will return in a virtual setting on Friday, October 9. The program, which teaches all variety of caregivers how to care for themselves, has been revised to a four-week course. Attendees will learn how to manage stress, balance relationships and navigate the journey of being a caregiver. All PCN virtual workshops give participants the opportunity to benefit from group learning and ask questions during the interactive sessions. Register online…

World Breastfeeding Week

While mothers around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) some mothers who want to breastfeed struggle. There is help, including Calgary Foothills PCN’s Riley Park Maternity Clinic, which offers in-person advice as well as a virtual breastfeeding class. For those who can’t breastfeed milk banks provide an alternative option. New mother Emily Cherubini — who went to Riley Park Maternity Clinic to have her blood screened so she can donate breastmilk to NorthernStar…

Questions about COVID-19?

In need of reliable information about COVID-19? Alberta Health Services is the most reliable, up-to-date source for facts. What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19? According to Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until your symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer). Under no circumstance should you leave your property …
 

Your family doctor is here for you

Whether it is in person, over the phone or via video your family doctor’s clinic is open and here to support you. Your family doctor knows you best and can help get you the care you need. Contact your family doctor to find out if an in-person or virtual appointment is right for you. If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 do the self-assessment at ahs.ca/covid. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.
 

Hearts for health care workers

What began as a loving gesture to post hearts on their door to show solidarity and support for her husband, an emergency room doctor in the Boston area, has become a viral movement worldwide. “I wanted to find a way to let health care workers know that we see them, we are here for them and they are supported and loved,” says Tanya Russell who began the Hearts for Healthcare Workers Facebook group. Within weeks the group has grown to over 50,000 members with people posting photos of the…

Refugee Care app

Caring for refugees can be a complex process. The language barriers, trauma and presentation of illnesses usually unseen in Canada are just some of the reasons why these patients require more in-depth knowledge and support. To help meet this need Dr. Guillaume Mongeau-Martin and the physician group at the Calgary Refugee Health Program developed the Refugee Care app. "People don't have time to read an 80-page document which is why I had the idea to create an app to make it easy not only f…